"Hawks Win!" Pat Foley's Greatest Calls From His Hall of Fame Career

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"BEN SMITH!! 22 YEARS OLD!!"

In the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Hawks had their backs against the wall as the Vancouver Canucks had a 3-0 series lead on Chicago. After convincingly winning Games 4 and 5, the Hawks were back on home ice in Game 6 hoping to be the fourth team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit and win the series.

With the game tied 3-3 in overtime, rookie Ben Smith knocked in a rebound on his backhand from a Niklas Hjalmarsson slapshot to force game 7. Pat Foley went nuts when Smith scored as did the United Center. This is one of Pat's best calls in his entire career.

Jeremy Roenick Overtime Winner vs Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 4, 1994 Playoffs

This call is so beautiful for a couple of reasons. This was the last season that the Blackhawks would be playing at Chicago Stadium before the move to the United Center in '95. The Blackhawks were trailing the Leafs 2-0 in the series and with Games 3 and 4 being in Chicago, the Hawks fed off the energy from the crowd and evened the series at two games a piece.

More importantly, Game 4 called for overtime as the game was tied 3-3 after regulation. But 1:23 into overtime, a Joe Murphy takeaway in Toronto's end turned into a pass below the goal line towards Tony Amonte who found Jeremy Roenick wide open on the backdoor and slapped a one-timer into the open cage past goaltender Felix Potvin. The Chicago Stadium erupted. Jeremy Roenick gave us an iconic knee-sliding celebration from end to end. And Pat Foley gave us one of the best calls he's ever made.

Jonathan Toews Overtime Winner vs St. Louis Blues, Game 5, 2014 Playoffs:

This is Pat Foley's best work. In my mind, there is no greater call out there than this exhilarating, energetic, chilling, and mind-altering call from the great Pat Foley.

For background context, the Blackhawks were down 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues and most heartbreakingly, both Games 1 and 2 went into overtime with the Blues grabbing the win in both games.

With the Hawks on their heels, they dug in deep and won Games 3 and 4 on home ice to even the series at 2-2. Game 5 in St. Louis was tied at 2 heading into overtime where something all hockey kids dream of happened. Seven and a half minutes into overtime, Blues forward David Backes threw a shot on Corey Crawford and kicked it out to the slot toward Duncan Keith. Keith, realizing that Toews had just hopped onto the ice, slapped the puck toward center where Toews picked it up and was off to the races on a breakaway. Toews went forehand, and backhand, and slid the puck past Ryan Miller's left pad to lift the Hawks past the Blues in game 5 and take the series lead at 3-2. Right when Toews touched the puck, Pat Foley's voice went from 0-100 to give us the greatest call in his career.

To be as shocked and energetic as he was would be a very hard task for any announcer to replicate. Pat's ability to give 100/100 performances for 39 years was the reason why Blackhawks fans loved him and why he was rightfully inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.

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